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Natural Dye - Suri Alpaca and Merino - Cochineal and Rabbit Bush

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Cochineal and Rabbit Bush
This yarn was dyed with a combination of two natural dyes, Cochineal and Rabbit Bush.
Cochineal is a insect found on cactus. They are collected, dried and then used for dye. Cochineal has been used since at least the 15th century when tributes were paid to Montezuma in the form of bags of cochineal dye and decorated blankets. Peaking in the 1770's cochineal became one of Mexico's most valued exports.
Rabbit Bush grows wild in the Mojave. My family and I went out collecting last fall. Collecting from wild sources is called "wild crafting" and should always be done with respect to the environment. We collected a little bit off of many plants in order not to damage the population or the individual plants.

The end result is the beautiful color you see pictures. It is randomly variegated which means it will not self pattern but unfold in its own special way as you work with it.

300 yards of 50% Suri Alpaca, 50% Merino Wool Sport Weight yarn. This is a luxury blend with Suri Alpaca, the finest and softest of alpaca fibers blended with a premium South American Merino wool.

Hand wash and lay flat to dry.

Natural Dye - Suri Alpaca and Merino - Cochineal and Rabbit Bush


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